Two Brunswick parks will receive new playground structures, swing sets and picnic tables this summer to replace aging equipment. City Council approved the purchases Monday night.
Parks and recreation director John Piepsny said the $78,320 project covers improvements at North Park, 3595 Grafton Road, and Bridgeport Park, 392 Winchester Lane, Each will receive new playground structures and two sets of swings. Equipment will be purchased from Snider Recreation Inc., based in North Royalton.
Piepsny said the department allotted $80,000 in capital improvement funds for the parks in the city’s 2017 budget. The remaining $1,680 will not be used this year, he said.
The city is spending about $56,286 to replace the 29-year-old playground equipment at North Park over safety concerns.
“The slide is cracked, the platform is rusted and metal is exposed,” Piepsny said. “We are in need of various replacement parts for the structure but we can’t order them because they don’t make the style anymore.”
He noted there are similar conditions and circumstances at the 24-year-old playground structure at Bridgeport Park. The new equipment will cost about $12,034 and will be smaller and have fewer activity pieces compared with North Park.
The remaining $6,000 will be spent on swings and $4,000 will be used to purchase picnic tables for both parks.
Piepsny said the department’s seasonal park employees will install the equipment, which not only saves the city more than $25,000 in labor, but also provides team-building opportunities for the staff.
“They get a lot out of completing projects like this,” Piepsny said. “It creates team unity and helps them feel like they helped add something to the city.”
Following Council’s approval, Piepsny said it will take five to six weeks to order the equipment. Crews will begin to construct the new playground structure along the southeastern edge of the park, closer to the pavilion, and keep the current structure up for park-goers to use.
Once the new structure is assembled, crews will disassemble the older equipment and remove it from the park. Piepsny said they will keep the land open for children and their families to play baseball and other activities when they host events in the pavilion.
Weather permitting, Piepsny said the goal is to have both playgrounds completed by summer.
“It’s exciting to be able to do improvements to the park,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve replaced playground equipment since Rolling Hills Park in 2008.”
- Council tabled Ordinance No. 11-17 regarding fair housing that would allow more reviews by the Law Department because of concerns from Realtors and residents. Law Director Ken Fisher said the goal is to get the legislation back on Council’s agenda for a third reading March 27.
- Council passed a resolution that “strongly” opposes Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget that would centralize tax collection. The proposal would mandate that businesses file their taxes through the Ohio Business Gateway system instead of with cities, with a 1 percent fee attached to pay for the service. The resolution states the proposed centralized tax collection would cause a $725,000 loss of revenue for Brunswick needed “to support the health, safety, welfare and economic development efforts of Ohio municipalities.”
- Council approved a contract with Hinckley Township to sell it up to 1,050 tons of salt for $32.80 per ton, or a total of $34,440. Service Director Paul Barnett said because of a mild winter, the city had excess carryover salt in addition to a minimal purchase for this year. Also, the city has had a lack of storage space for the salt. Barnett said the sale helps Hinckley.
- Council is considering an agreement with Patch Management Inc., of Fairless Hills, Pa., to perform pothole and roadway repairs to city streets in an amount not to exceed $40,000. If Council approves the agreement, work is scheduled to begin April 17. Barnett said crews will spend five working days in each of the city’s four wards. Legislation is required to go through three readings, with the second reading scheduled for Council’s March 27 meeting.
- Council approved a motion to have the city advertise for bids to resurface the back parking lot of the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center and Fire Station No. 1 on Pearl Road. The cost at the fire station is not to exceed $73,700 and the cost at the recreation center would be no more than $151,250. Finance Director Todd Fischer said funds will come from the city’s capital improvement fund.
- Council approved a motion to have the city advertise for bids for the Skyview Drive reconstruction project. The 2,150-foot project would replace deteriorated concrete pavement, sidewalks, storm sewer crossovers and catch basins between Pearl Road and Woodhollow Drive. Preliminary construction and inspection estimates are about $756,827.50. Construction is anticipated to begin about June 1.
- Council approved a motion to have the city advertise for bids to replace the community information signboard at state Route 303 (Center Road) and Pearl Road. Brunswick communications manager Jeff Neidert said the signboard is about 12 years old and is causing failures of the computer system that controls the messages.Neidert said the proposed signboard would include a system upgrade and offer a higher resolution and logos, photos and lines of text in messages. Plans are to use one side for city news and information and the other for community announcements. Neidert said the update will “enable the city to put more substantial messages on the (signboard).”
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